During last week's iPhone 5 unveil, Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed that the company's social network foray would be mothballed on September 30. That gives you, like, 2 weeks to figure out what the hell Ping is. Cook signaled this was coming earlier this year at the All Things Digital 2012 event: “We tried Ping, and I think the customer voted and said ‘This isn’t something that I want to put a lot of energy into.’”

7 Responses to “RIP, Ping”

  1. Ping? Wasn’t that the name of a duck in a children’s book? I remember it vaguely from Captain Kangaroo…

  2. nw2 says:

    The Amazon review of that book is still a classic.

     http://www.amazon.com/review/R2VDKZ4X1F992Q

  3. NelC says:

    I’m going to miss Yoko Ono’s pings whenever I open iTunes.

  4. Rider says:

    I’ve been wondering how long they would continue to force me to shut off ping every time I install iTunes

  5. benher says:

    PING 0.0.0.0 (0.0.0.0): 56 data bytes …

  6. Chris Mendoza says:

    ‘This isn’t something that I want to put a lot of energy into.’ more like, ‘I have Last.fm go away’

    • jbond says:

      Now they’re not competing, perhaps Apple could support last.fm with native scrobbling and ability to play last.fm radio streams in iTunes?

      Yeah, I know. Too sensible by half. It would be like Apple allowing Winamp to sync iPhones and relatively recent iPods.

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